Who: Agriculture expert Ramesh Chand
What: Appointed as a full time member Niti Aayog
When: 8 September 2015
Professor Ramesh Chand, a renowned farm expert, was on 8 September 2015 appointed as a full-time member of NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog. His appointment was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He is also a member of a task force on agriculture development under Niti Aayog which is formulating strategies to give a boost to the agriculture sector.
Chand was working as Director of National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NIAP) in New Delhi since 2010. Earlier, he headed a government panel on Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Besides Chand, Arvind Panagriya (Vice Chairman of Aayog), economist Bibek Debroy and former DRDO chief VK Saraswat are other the full-time members of the Aayog, which was formed in March 2015 in place of Planning Commission. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the chairman of the Aayog.
The Aayog is mandated to recommend strategies for re-invigorating agriculture in all its aspects and to formulate strategies for reforms, innovation and technology diffusion.